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  • Best Kept Secret

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102

Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Running out of material?

  • By laall on 05-08-13

A Missed Opportunity to Continue a Good Series

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Reviewed: 07-03-13

What did you like best about Best Kept Secret? What did you like least?

I liked best that this book answered the cliffhanger from Book 2 of the series. I did not like the character or storyline development. I also did not like that the book ended with another cliffhanger. I prefer when books, although in a series, stand independently. Archer's cheap shot ending worked, because I will read the next book, but I'm not happy about it.

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

I never had the opportunity to invest in the characters. It seemed that Seb and Jessica were the developing characters, but their stories were disjointed and empty.

Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

I was beginning to really like Seb and his interaction with Tibbie. Still, the development was too shallow.

Could you see Best Kept Secret being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. This book cannot stand alone.

Any additional comments?

This is the third Archer book I have read. If the next one isn't significantly better, it will likely be my last.

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